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Physicist Project Scientist

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Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division has an opening for a Physicist Project Scientist. This Project Scientist will work on design and implementation of laser-based electron-optical elements for transmission electron microscopy. The primary focus is the development of laser-based Zernike phase plate based on the recently demonstrated prototype, and its application to the collection of scientifically valuable cryo-electron microscopy data from specimens provided by collaborators. As a secondary focus, the Project Scientist is expected to propose and initiate new experiments and/or applications for phase contrast electron microscopy, and establish collaborations both with potential users and groups working on complementary technologies. The position reports to the PI.


What You Will Do:

  • Design of new prototypes of the laser-based phase plate system,

  • Construction of the laser phase plate apparatus, including the laser system, high-power cavity, electronic components and the phase plate suspension system

  • Installation of the laser phase plate into the TEM, ensuring mechanical compatibility and contamination-free assembly process

  • Automation of the alignment and data acquisition process as much as possible, including the development of control software as necessary

  • Operation of the laser phase plate apparatus and the electron microscope to acquire cryo-EM data

  • Participation in software development for processing of the data acquired with the laser phase plate

  • Research applications and use cases for the phase plate-enabled electron microscopy

  • Research possible new directions for the utilization of laser-based electron control for imaging and spectroscopy, and propose new experiments and collaborations

  • Publication of research results in scientific journals and presentation of results at scientific meetings.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in physics or related field or equivalent experience

  • Demonstrated experience in development of advanced microscopy and imaging systems

  • Demonstrated experience with building experimental systems, data acquisition and processing

  • Experience with high-power laser systems

  • Experience in scientific communication, demonstrated by publishing research results in scientific journals and presentations at scientific meetings


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Solid theoretical knowledge of quantum mechanics and physics of light-matter interactions

  • Excellent working knowledge of optics, lasers and imaging methods

  • Familiarity with SolidWorks and Matlab/Python

  • Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment, including support of research by junior group members


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes:

  • This is a full time, 1 year- term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at the University of California, Berkeley, CA.


Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


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